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World Health Organization to recognize excessive gaming as mental disorder

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People who spend countless hours playing video games could soon be diagnosed with a mental health disorder!

The World Health Organization (WHO) will add gaming disorder to its international classification of diseases next year which means doctors can now diagnose someone with the condition.

According to the WHO, the problem comes when gaming takes priority over other life interests and activities.

The behavior must persist for at least one year to be diagnosed but that time can be shortened in severe cases.

The American Psychiatric Association has not recognized gaming addiction as a mental illness.

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